Programs and Accomplishments

  • Identified and honored the first African-American students to enroll and graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma. Six graduate students enrolled in 1954. Three undergraduate students enrolled in 1955
  • Hosted a keynote address where three of UCO’s first African-American undergraduate and graduate students (Elizabeth Hilton Threatt, Alberta Eddens, and Murray Butler) were featured speakers
  • Advocated with and supported the Black Student Association in the establishment of a meeting room in the Nigh Center named after Oklahoma and national civil rights pioneer, Clara Luper
  • Commissioned a mural depicting African-American contributions to the University
  • Raised over $20,000 to support programs, events and scholarships for students
  • Awarded over $8,000 in scholarships to students since 2011
  • Influential in the establishment of the University Committee on Diversity through the advocacy for a more diverse faculty and staff body
  • Collaborates with the Black Student Association to host the  Annual Black History Month Keynote Address
  • Recognizes an African American faculty or staff member with the ‘You Made A Difference Award’ annually
  • Supports and participates in the annual UCO Black Male Summit